Patrick Larkin, owner of World Cup Café in Taos, was reported missing on Tuesday (Aug. 27), a day before law enforcement found an unidentified body in the sagebrush near Cuchilla Road in …
Updated Aug. 29 at 6:11 p.m.
Patrick Larkin, owner of World Cup Café in Taos, was reported missing on Tuesday (Aug. 27), a day before law enforcement found an unidentified body in the sagebrush near Cuchilla Road in Llano Quemado about a mile from where he was living.
While Larkin's friends and employees held a memorial in his honor at the popular coffee shop near Taos Plaza Wednesday evening (Aug. 28), law enforcement could not immediately say whether the body was Larkin's.
Edwardo Martinez, New Mexico State Police commander in Taos, said the body was found in the deep brush in the area of Cuchilla Road Wednesday morning. Officers and Taos County Sheriff's Deputies had blocked off the area, while neighbors who gathered at the perimeter of the scene did not seem to know why law enforcement were in their neighborhood.
Police first suspected the deceased person might have been the victim of a wildlife attack, but Martinez said he saw "no signs of that occurring" once he saw the body.
"It's been out here a while," he said, and added that an expert with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator was en route to the scene Wednesday evening to identify the victim and determine their cause and manner of death.
Martinez said the case has been passed on to a state police criminal investigation unit.
According to a dispatch, Larkin had left his home before dawn Tuesday morning to check on a goat that was bleating in his yard, but he did not return.
No one responded to a call placed to a residence listed under Larkin's name.
With the investigation ongoing, friends and employees continued to drop off flowers outside Larkin's coffee shop Wednesday evening.
Reporter Jesse Moya contributed to this report.
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